Jon Summers joined the Hot Shops one year ago in March. Currently located in studio 209, he says inspiration comes to him through observation. “My paintings are based on sights, sounds as they relate to the landscape. My beginning thought is then enhanced by the act of creating. Rather than feeling bound by an idea, I’m always excited by the way the process gives life to my original vision.”
We caught up with Jon for this month’s artist feature!
What are you currently working on in the studio?
I’m working on three projects. The first is a collaboration with a local photographer. I’m also working on new gallery pieces and several new paintings for a solo show in the fall.
If you could provide one creative tip for someone today – what would it be?
Paint using a wide variety of implements and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Key pieces of those mistakes will become your style.
What has been the most significant moment you’ve had since you’ve been here?
Every day I just feel so grateful to be here in this great space and be a part of this wonderful community.
Has your experience here impacted the work you do?
My large studio space has given me the freedom to work on multiple large canvases simultaneously. The creative energy inspires me.
In your opinion, how should we celebrate one another’s uniqueness?
We should just do it! Everyone is unique and has a cool story to tell.
Who is your favorite cultural leader and/or artist of all time?
I appreciate all styles of art. As a young artist I was especially drawn to the work of Jackson Pollack.
Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.
My grandkids have me wrapped around their little fingers.
If you could open a door and go anywhere, where would you go and why?
Depends on the day. I would love to go back and watch Claude Monet paint in his garden studio.